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Brooklyn Man sentenced to 17 years to life for sexual assault on woman walking to work in Stuyvesant Heights

June 20, 2024 Robert Abruzzese, Courthouse Editor
District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said, “We are steadfast in our commitment to seeking justice for all victims of sexual violence and continuing the progress we have made making Brooklyn safer for everyone.” Photo: Jennifer Peltz/AP
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A Brooklyn man has been sentenced to 17 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting a woman in Stuyvesant Heights. The victim, a 62-year-old woman, was on her way to work when the defendant attacked her.

“This horrific and violent attack on an innocent woman shocks the conscience, and the depravity of the crime warrants today’s lengthy prison sentence,” District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said. “We are steadfast in our commitment to seeking justice for all victims of sexual violence and continuing the progress we have made making Brooklyn safer for everyone.”

The defendant, identified as Leroy Hatcher, 44, of Stuyvesant Heights, was sentenced by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun. Hatcher pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted criminal sexual act and first-degree sexual abuse on May 30, 2024.

The vicinity of 482 Kosciuszko St. in Stuyvesant Heights, where the 62-year-old victim was attacked while walking to work. Screenshot via Google Street View
The vicinity of 482 Kosciuszko St. in Stuyvesant Heights, where the 62-year-old victim was attacked while walking to work. Screenshot via Google Street View

According to the investigation, the assault occurred on Feb. 6, 2021, at approximately 5:45 a.m. The victim was walking to work near 482 Kosciuszko St. when Hatcher grabbed her by the hair and put his hand over her mouth. He then pushed her into an alley, put a knife to her throat, and sexually assaulted her at knifepoint before fleeing the scene.

Surveillance video from multiple locations helped identify Hatcher, along with identification by a detective and his parole officer. A condom recovered from the alley contained both the defendant’s and the victim’s DNA. Hatcher was apprehended on Feb. 24, 2021.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Gwen Barnes and Assistant District Attorney Sherri Litvak of the District Attorney’s Special Victims Bureau under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Miss Gregory, Bureau Chief.


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